1999 Savannah Chanelle Vineyards Zinfandel Paso Robles
Paso Robles, California
WB Rating: 88

Alcohol by volume: 14.4%
Price at time of purchase: $24.00 (from winery)
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): Zinfandel

Our lunchtime group actually preferred this one to the $40 Estate Zin, which was also excellent but seriously overpriced. This has rich, plummy, Paso Robles Fruit wrapped in a full-bodied package. It is more accessible and open-knit than the Estate, maybe less "intellectual," but then structured and long-lived are not typically the characteristics we're looking for in Zins. This vineyard has said it is intent on making great Pinot Noirs, but hopefully they'll keep up the good work on their Zins, too. - HK 2002-06-01


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